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March 05, 2022, 3:00PM: Messier Marathon — prime weekend

The Messier Marathon! Test your observing skills by attempting to observe all 110 Messier objects in one night. This year we have two chances to observe: Saturday, March 5 and Saturday, April 2—a built-in rain date. 

We’ll run both a TOM, The Original Marathon, and a GTM, a Go-To Marathon. If you’re interested in the M-cubed, the Messier Marathon by Memory, contact Rene at [email protected]. I’m game!

Note: The best night for 2022 is new moon March 2 when only M30 is not visible. On Saturday, March 5 only these objects are not visible: M30 (rises after sunrise) and M74 (proximity of moon). On new moon, Friday, April 1, these objects are not visible: M74, with M31, M32, and M110 (setting with the moon, in twilight, and below the treeline. A second chance occurs before dawn, rising below the eastern treeline. Saturday, April 2, these objects are not visible: M74, M77, M31, M32, and M110 (setting in the glare of the moon in twilight).

April 02, 2022, 3:00PM: Messier Marathon — 2nd weekend

The Messier Marathon! Test your observing skills by attempting to observe all 110 Messier objects in one night. This year we have two chances to observe: Saturday, March 5 and Saturday, April 2—a built-in rain date. 

We’ll run both a TOM, The Original Marathon, and a GTM, a Go-To Marathon. If you’re interested in the M-cubed, the Messier Marathon by Memory, contact Rene at [email protected]. I’m game!

Note: The best night for 2022 is new moon March 2 when only M30 is not visible. On Saturday, March 5 only these objects are not visible: M30 (rises after sunrise) and M74 (proximity of moon). On new moon, Friday, April 1, these objects are not visible: M74, with M31, M32, and M110 (setting with the moon, in twilight, and below the treeline. A second chance occurs before dawn, rising below the eastern treeline. Saturday, April 2, these objects are not visible: M74, M77, M31, M32, and M110 (setting in the glare of the moon in twilight).

April 24, 2022, 12:00PM: 2022 Texas Star Party, Apr 24–May 1, 2022

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the south central US.
Email [email protected] to post information about other star parties.

2021 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party Apr 24-May 1, 2022 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU tba Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex tba Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party tba Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

April 24, 2022, 12:00PM: HAS goes to TSP

You’re never at alone at TSP. Touch base with other HAS club members at the hospitality room and learn what the coming week has in store. Details TBD

May 15, 2022, 11:11AM: Total Lunar Eclipse

Maximum at 11:11 pm. Field Trip & Observing at the dark site. More to come.

June 25, 2022, 12:00PM: Field Trip to Galveston State Park

You know what’s great about astronomy at the beach? If it’s cloudy, you can still swim, kayak, and camp. Very family friendly. Details TBD. Fingers crossed we get this date when the park opens up reservations.

October 29, 2022, 5:00PM: HAS Annual Picnic

The Annual HAS Picnic is back and it’s Halloween! Bring the kids, bring the red lights, and bring a bag of candy to share. Dinner is at 6pm and Trick or Treat is at 7pm so come early to set up your telescope. Kids of all ages love meeting old friends and new at the dark site. Light rules apply so review the online orientation. Questions? Contact Rene Gedaly

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